How to Draw a Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Red Cockaded Woodpecker in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.

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How to Draw a Red Cockaded Woodpecker - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Begin by drawing the outline of the head and beak

Step 2: Draw the eyes and the beak. Make a tiny triangle to finish the beak and two small dots for the eyes

Step 3: Draw a line to make the neck and back

Step 4: Draw the first wing with the feather pattern. Make the lines jagged and arched to show texture

Step 5: Draw the other wing with the same feather pattern. Make the wings the same size

Step 6: Draw the tail at the end of the body by creating zig zag lines

Step 7: Draw the pattern on the body by drawing some jagged lines and uneven shapes

Interesting Facts about Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker lives in the Southeastern United States year round. That range varies from Virginia south to Florida and then westward to Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.The extreme habitat specificity that the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker prefers has declined due to the loss of habitat. The breeding habitat has also been lost requiring this woodpecker to be put on the Endangered Species list.

Did you know?

  • The nest is in a cavity of a tree unlined with 2-5 eggs that are shiny white.
  • Their foods include insect, arthropods, fruit and seeds.
  • Open pine forests are the main habitat that has frequent forest fires and especially longleaf pines.
  • The length is 7.9 to 9.1 inches long with a wingspan of 14.2 inches and a 1.5 to 1.8 ounce weight.
  • It may take a year to dig out one cavity in a tree so a family will make multiple cavities in their territory.

The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker will only nest in live pines but will often select trees infected with red heart fungus. The fungus will soften the wood and make it easier to dig out a cavity. This makes the tree bleed and the heavy gum flow from it helps to keep tree-climbing snakes away from the nest.